As a Schwarzman Scholar, Wicaksono will complete a fully-funded MA program in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in China beginning in August of 2020.
Jackson alumnus Nicolas Wicaksono YC ’19 has been named a Schwarzman Scholar. While at Yale, Wicaksono double-majored in Global Affairs and Sociology and received the Beck Prize for his deep interest and commitment to global affairs.
Wicaksono will join two fellow Yale affiliates in the Schwarzman Class of 2021. Yale medical student Juliana Lawrence and Clara Ma YC ’19 were also awarded a spot in the fifth class of Schwarzman Scholars.
The 145 Schwarzman Scholars were selected from a field of 4,700 applicants. The Scholars were chosen based on their academic ability as well as leadership potential and strength of characters.
Schwarzman Scholars are selected through a rigorous application process on the basis of their academic ability as well as their leadership potential and strength of character. More than 400 candidates were invited to interview in Beijing, London, New York, or Bangkok, where they went before panels comprised of CEOs, government officials, university presidents, journalists, and nonprofit executives, among others.
“I am inspired by these remarkable, accomplished, and dynamic young individuals who will be joining Schwarzman Scholars at a time when its mission is more important than ever. I am excited to see how they contribute to both the Schwarzman College and greater Tsinghua University communities, and ultimately how they will apply themselves as people of consequence in their generation,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman ’69, founding trustee of the Schwarzman Scholars program.
Once admitted, the Schwarzman Scholars are enrolled in a master’s program in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University focused on three pillars: China, global affairs, and leadership. Beyond the classroom, Schwarzman Scholars have the chance to gain exceptional exposure to China and access to important internships, speakers, and trips throughout the country.